The Chickencoop Chinaman

Name: American Place Theatre
Address: 111 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
Production Information
Opening date: May 27, 1972
Production Description
Tam Lum, a Chinese American filmmaker working on a documentary about a black boxer named Ovaltine, has arrived in Pittsburgh to visit Ovaltine's father, Charley Popcorn. In Pittsburgh, he stays with his childhood friend, the Japanese American Kenji, who lives in Pittsburgh's black ghetto with his girlfriend Lee and her son. In Act I, Tam has just arrived and is catching up with Kenji. In Act II, the two men meet with Charley and bring him back to the apartment, where Lee's ex-husband has shown up to take her back. These scenes are intercut with fantasy sequences, such as one in which Tam meets his childhood hero, the Lone Ranger.
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
The American Palace Theater Producer
Wynn Handman Artistic Director
Julia Miles Associate Director
Frank Chin Playwright
Jack Gelber Director
John Wulp Set Designer
Willa Kim Costume Designer
Roger Morgan Lighting Designer
Franklin Keysar Production Stage Manager
Grania M. Hoskins Stage Manager

Actor Role
Merwin Goldsmith Lone Ranger
Leonard Jackson Charley Popcorn
Calvin Jung Tonto; Tom
Randy Kim Tam Lum
Sally Kirkland Lee
Anthony Marciona Robbie
Joanna Pang Hong Kong Dream Girl
Sab Shimono Kenji